Tuesday, April 10, 2012
FDNY employees want to be paid for perk
From the NY Post:
Most people would be thrilled if their boss gave them a company vehicle and paid for their commuting costs — but not these disgruntled city workers.
A group of angry FDNY civilian employees who are given department-owned trucks to drive to and from work sites at city expense are complaining that that perk isn’t enough for them — and filed a federal lawsuit demanding that they also be paid for their commuting time, according to court papers.
A judge has thrown out the wacky suit, but the FDNY workers are still mad that they weren’t given extra dough for something that costs most people an arm and a leg.
Since the workers make emergency repairs in firehouses and EMS stations, officials reasoned it would make sense for them to go to job sites directly from home instead of first taking the time to drive to where their work truck is parked overnight.
FDNY brass estimate that the program produces about $1 million a year in extra productivity.
But in 2007 more than a dozen of the FDNY workers filed suit.
The workers complained that before the program, they were paid from the minute they got into their trucks in their office parking lots to drive to the day’s job site.
Now that they can keep their trucks at home, they got paid only once they arrive at the job site.
They argued that, even though this meant zero commuting costs for the employees, they still should be paid as long as they were driving a city truck.